One Strategy To Rule Them All!

On October 29, 2013 by Claudio Kirchmair
Claudio Rules the Dragon Rulers!Photo Credit: Ricarda Reicher


I think the Dragon mirror is all about good resource management and most players fail to achieve that. You have to think about how to come out on top with card advantage and also damage because those are the biggest deciding factors in Yu-Gi-Oh!.


Blaster, Dragon Ruler of Infernos

How do we deal damage without losing card advantage? There is one simple rule which says if you summon a big Dragon then you have to deal damage. The easiest way to do so is to summon Blaster because he’s the biggest one and can’t be killed by the other ones. If you imagine that one player initiates the Blaster war, then the other player won’t deal any damage because his Blaster can only defend his life points when the other Blaster has already dealt damage. So, Blaster is obviously the safe choice and should not be used mindlessly.


Tidal, Dragon Ruler of Waterfalls

The next Dragon is Tidal. He has enough attack to be dangerous and he only gets killed by Blaster. Although, he is a little bit risky to summon because your opponent can clear your back row and just summon Crimson Blader afterwards. But this will only happen if you do not have any kind of protection and in that case it would not be the best idea to summon Tidal anyway.

The biggest goal in terms of damage is to put your opponent on 3200 life points or lower. Why? Simple answer: Star Eater for game because Star Eater can’t be handled with Swift Scarecrow and we all know how Dragon Ruler players like to hide behind their Scarecrows.


Redox, Dragon Ruler of Boulders

In the WCQ Dragon Ruler variant from last format, players learned that you should summon Redox in defense position to avoid getting OTK’d. In this format, summoning Redox just for defensive purpose is not good. Why? Because you lose resources in form of one potential Dragon summon without dealing any damage. Your opponent now can do anything and establish his hand/graveyard while simply waiting another turn.

So when will we summon Redox? We do this we have Maxx “C” in the grave and when we are going to make a Synchro or a XYZ summon. Most players will not Maxx “C” your Redox because they simply cannot push on the next turn if you just stop and therefore you have managed to make a Synchro Summon with no risk of Maxx “C”.


Tempest, Dragon Ruler of Storms

Lastly, Tempest. If we look at Tempest then we know that he’s another Debris Dragon for us. Most times, we will Sword him away or remove him for the summon of another Dragon Ruler. He helps us to keep the draw engine consistent.



A Dragon summon equals damage dealt. Otherwise, you have wasted resources and will lose the late game.

« 2 / 4 »